Five Sentence Fiction.
This week's prompt is Freedom.
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They thought they were hiding it, but the wide smiles at her going away party had held pity behind them. Melanie’s desk would tomorrow have another name plate and a different coffee mug, the phone answered by a different voice. Her co-workers would never say so, but they had been stunned that she would walk away from this career, leaving behind the thrill of meeting a goal or climbing to the next rung. She knew she was also stepping away from deadlines, office politics, and working weekends.
At four the next morning she woke with a smile to the cries from the next room and her new life as the C.E.O. of her world.